Complete Guide to Best Online Agriculture Degrees

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Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $24,209
Avg Salary: $77,165

There are 187 agriculture degrees offered online at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. For more information about these programs browse our comprehensive list of online agriculture programs.

Students pursuing degrees in agriculture should verify that their colleges and universities have received both institutional accreditation and programmatic accreditation for the agriculture degrees offered. The predominant accrediting agency for agriculture degrees is the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the agricultural, bioengineering, and environmental branch of the ABET. Students attending programs accredited by this agency can be sure that they are receiving a high quality education.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Agriculture Degrees ( 43)

School Accreditation Annual Tuition Recommend Rate
Adams State University HLC $20,456 100% (1 review)
40 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Agricultural Business
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
83 Programs, 7 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Ed.S. Agriscience Education
  • M.Ed./M.S. Agriscience Education
  • M.S. in Agronomy & Soils
  • M.S. in Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences (SWES)
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
79 Programs, 6 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture - Horticultural Business Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Global Stability - Agriculture
  • Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Sciences - Agricultural Extension Education
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (2 reviews)
64 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Agricultural Business
Illinois Institute of Technology HLC $45,864 Add Review
67 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Certificate in Food Science
Iowa State University HLC $22,472 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 5 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Seed Business Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Seed Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
  • Master of Science in Plant Breeding
Michigan State University HLC $39,406 100% (3 reviews)
53 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
  • Master of Science in Packaging
Montana State University NWCCU $24,071 Add Review
21 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • M.S. in Agricultural Education
Murray State University SACS COC $23,820 Add Review
53 Programs, 6 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Agriculture with a certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management
  • Master of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Agribusiness Economics
North Carolina A&T State University SACS COC $19,416 100% (1 review)
28 Programs, 6 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (Professional Service)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (Secondary Education)
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
North Carolina State University SACS COC $27,406 67% (3 reviews)
91 Programs, 8 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Feed Science
  • Licensure in Education for Agricultural Professionals
  • Master of Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Master of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Ohio Christian University HLC $20,240 53% (17 reviews)
73 Programs, 3 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Agribusiness
  • Associate of Arts Level Certificate in Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Agribusiness
Ohio State University-Main Campus HLC $29,696 Add Review
46 Programs, 7 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master in Plant Health Management
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education - Agricultural Communication
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education - Agricultural Education
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus HLC $23,776 Add Review
56 Programs, 5 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Agriculture
  • Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Leadership
  • Master of Agriculture in International Agriculture
  • Master of Science - Agricultural Education
Oregon State University NWCCU $29,457 50% (6 reviews)
84 Programs, 3 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - Environmental Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $13,988 67% (3 reviews)
210 Programs, 5 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense
Saint Joseph's University MSCHE $43,880 Add Review
45 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • MS in Food Marketing
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
67 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Agriculture -Sustainable Agriculture & Food Environment
South Dakota State University HLC $11,689 Add Review
51 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • M.S. in Agricultural Education
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Agricultural & Environmental Law
Southern Arkansas University HLC $12,156 100% (2 reviews)
30 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • M.S. in Agriculture
  • Master of Business Administration - Agri-Business
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale HLC $28,107 Add Review
42 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Business Administration - Agribusiness Economics
Tarleton State University SACS COC $17,111 50% (2 reviews)
22 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • MS in Agricultural and Consumer Resources
Texas A & M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
120 Programs, 15 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6-12
  • Certificate in Agriculture eLearning Development
  • Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Breeding
Texas A & M University-Commerce SACS COC $20,884 86% (7 reviews)
53 Programs, 3 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (1 review)
93 Programs, 15 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science in Applied Leadership - Agricultural Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Communications Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Crop Protection
University of Arizona HLC $11,800 100% (2 reviews)
100 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • MS in Agricultural Education - Professional Agriculture Emphasis
University of Arkansas HLC $24,308 100% (2 reviews)
77 Programs, 3 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Laws in Agricultural and Food Law
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Master of Science in Food Safety
University of Florida SACS COC $28,659 60% (5 reviews)
239 Programs, 10 in Agriculture (view all)
  • BS in Environmental Management
  • BS in Environmental Management - Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Agroecology
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agroecosystems
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign HLC $31,194 Add Review
116 Programs, 5 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Certificate of Professional Development in Crop Sciences
  • Certificate of Professional Development in Urban Agriculture
  • Graduate Certificate in Horticulture
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
University of Maryland - College Park MSCHE $33,606 67% (3 reviews)
48 Programs, 4 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Beekeeping
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Integrated Pest Management
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Urban Agriculture
University of Massachusetts - Amherst NECHE $33,477 67% (3 reviews)
64 Programs, 5 in Agriculture (view all)
  • A.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming
  • B.A. in Sustainability Studies
  • B.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming
  • Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming
University of Minnesota Digital Campus HLC $11,338 - $26,603 Add Review
47 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business
University of Minnesota-Crookston HLC $11,814 Add Review
24 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • BS in Agricultural Business
  • Certificate in Agricultural Business
University of Missouri HLC $26,506 Add Review
105 Programs, 6 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Agroforestry
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education - School-Based Agricultural Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Communication, and Education
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,194 0% (1 review)
97 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Transitional Certification Program - Agricultural Education 6-12 Field Endorsement
University of Nebraska-Lincoln HLC $24,098 Add Review
82 Programs, 15 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Certificate in Floriculture and Nursery Production Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Horticulture
  • Master of Applied Science
University of Northwestern Ohio HLC $11,050 Add Review
22 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Associate in Agribusiness Marketing/Management Technology
  • Bachelor's in Business Administration with Agribusiness Management Option
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville SACS COC $31,390 100% (1 review)
23 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
The University of Tennessee - Martin SACS COC $14,996 Add Review
31 Programs, 7 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural Business - Agribusiness Option
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural Business - Farm and Ranch Management Option
  • Master of Science in Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Master of Science in Agriculture & Natural Resources - Agribusiness & Risk Management
Upper Iowa University HLC $29,600 52% (25 reviews)
83 Programs, 1 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Agricultural Management
Utah State University NWCCU $21,520 100% (12 reviews)
31 Programs, 2 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University SACS COC $31,014 Add Review
34 Programs, 7 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences - Applied Nutrition and Health Sciences
  • Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences - Education
  • Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences - Environmental Science
Washington State University NWCCU $25,817 78% (9 reviews)
84 Programs, 6 in Agriculture (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Commodity Marketing
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Agriculture - Food Science and Management

Online Agriculture Degree Overview & Career Information

Agriculture degrees are available across all levels of higher education. Associate degrees in agriculture allow students to pursue positions as agricultural and food science technicians as well as apply their credits to a future bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degrees in agriculture allow graduates to pursue careers in engineering, food science, and may be used towards graduate degrees. Master's and doctoral degrees prepare students for independent research, employment in leadership positions, and professorship in higher education.

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Online Associate Degrees in Agriculture

An online associate degree in agriculture usually comes in the form of a 60-credit, 2-year Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science, although an Associate of Arts in Agriculture may also be available. Family farmers or homesteaders who may not yet be committed to a full, four-year bachelor's degree can pursue an associate degree, where students learn the basic knowledge of plant and soil science as well as specific agricultural techniques. Adults can also seek associate degrees in order to improve their professional prospects, for example to become a food science technician. A potential student may be someone interested in agriculture and farming who will ultimately seek employment in other sectors. Courses may include Insects and Related Forms, Introductory Botany, Horticulture Pathology Lab, Pesticide Certification, Backyard Homesteading, and more. Specialized associate degree programs include sustainable food and farming, agribusiness, and animal management. Many universities have schools of agriculture which offer associate degrees as well as bachelor's and certificates. Associate degrees in agriculture can also be found at local community colleges. Applicants to associate degree programs need a high school degree or equivalent; certain programs require a minimum 2.0 GPA and SAT or ACT scores. 

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Agriculture

A Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture can be completed in 120 to 180 credits, or four years at a university or college. Those with an associate degree in agriculture may choose to transfer credits to a university and complete their bachelor degree in an additional two years of study. A bachelor's degree in agriculture prepares students for careers in local food and green businesses, urban agriculture, permaculture, herbal medicine, and related jobs in farm-based education, public policy, and community development and advocacy. Students who want to pursue careers in other fields but have an interest in agriculture or wish to homestead can choose agriculture as a second major. Applicants to a bachelor's degree program need a high school degree or equivalent and standardized test scores- either the ACT or SAT depending on the school. Each program may have different minimum requirements for high school GPA and test scores.

Coursework will be similar to those taken at the associate degree level, with additional general education courses, fieldwork requirements, and a final capstone project, depending on the school. Coursework includes business and communication, humanities, arts, math, social sciences, physical sciences, and a certain minimum of upper-division agriculture courses. In addition to these requirements, students take a number of electives of their choice to reach the full number of credits. 

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Online Master's in Agriculture

The online Master of Science in Agriculture is a two-year graduate level program. A master's degree prepares graduates for conducting research, innovating and improving systems in plant science, production, use of natural resources, and environmental issues. Related programs and specializations include agricultural economics, sustainable agriculture, food science, environmental and natural resource economics, plant health and management.

To enter a graduate program, students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA and graduate test scores (GRE) as established by the school. Graduate level coursework may include engineering management, food sciences, horticulture, natural resource sciences, animal science, soil sciences, statistics, plant pathology, and crop sciences. Master's degree programs also require a final research thesis or examination. In preparation for the final thesis students take courses in methodology and field analysis. Master's degree holders are further prepared to pursue high-level leadership, research, and education positions in diverse agriculture career fields. 

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Agriculture

Online doctoral candidates in agriculture are preparing for careers as scholars in the field of food, land, and animal production. Ph.D programs usually require both a bachelor's and master's degree upon entry to the program; minimum GPA requirements vary per program. Doctorate's usually require 90 graduate course credits beyond the bachelor degree, towards which master's level classes can be counted. These classes include agriculture courses, graduate statistics, multidisciplinary courses, and research credits. Doctoral degrees are completed with a final dissertation of independent research which must be defended before an academic board. The duration of the doctorate program depends on how long the student takes to complete and defend their dissertation.

Specialized areas of study and research include agribusiness, agricultural marketing, animal science and nutrition, entomology, integrated pest management, soil and environmental science, and more. Graduates with a Ph.D will be able to conduct research on a focused problem while relating the issue to the agricultural system as a whole, also being able to communicate technical information and explain complex agricultural issues through scientific publications, verbal presentations, and lectures.

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Online Certificates in Agriculture

Online certificate programs in agriculture may be the perfect choice for professionals looking for a career change, high school graduates not ready to go to college full-time, those with a general interest in food, farming, and sustainable living. Certificate programs are less of a time commitment than associate degrees, and take anywhere from a year to 18 months, depending on how long the student takes to complete the credit requirements. Students explore the theoretical and practical implications of agriculture, as well as specialized courses to fit their particular interests within the field. Courses available include Botany for Gardeners, Community Food Systems, Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and more. 

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The Importance of an Accredited Online Agriculture Degree

Accreditation is essential for a degree to be recognized by employers and fellow academic institutions. Institutions of higher education are accredited by either regional or national accreditation, the latter reserved for more vocational programs. Regional accreditation is administered by seven agencies and divided by geographic region.

Program-specific accreditation is important depending on the field because employers may limit their recognition of degrees to those with both institutional and program accreditation. Agricultural, biological, bioengineering, and environmental programs are accredited by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). ASABE is one of the 33 branches of ABET, the accrediting agency for engineering, computing, engineering technology, and applied science degree programs. Accreditation is decided by ASABE members who work in academia, industry, government, among other related fields. According to the ASABE website, "the accreditation process is used by universities, colleges and specific degree programs to clarify instructional goals and objectives, enhance program content and improve program delivery."

Careers in Agriculture

A degree or certificate in agriculture prepares students for a wide range of careers in local food and green businesses, urban agriculture, permaculture, herbal medicine, and related jobs in farm-based education, public policy, and community development and advocacy. Agricultural and food scientists need at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and many hold graduate degrees. They work in universities, scientific research and development, and food production or manufacturing facilities. Food science technicians aid scientists in their work by applying chemicals to plants or performing tests, and need an associate degree with on-the-job training as necessary. Agricultural engineers also need bachelor's degrees, usually in agricultural engineering or bioengineering, and may work for the federal government, provide engineering contracting or consultation services, or work for agricultural machinery manufacturers.

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